Having fun at Swamp Fest

The 11th annual Swamp Fest enjoyed beautiful weather and big crowds. There was plenty to see, eat and do at the festival, held at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Here, 9-year-old Kahlen Ruby, of Land O’ Lakes, an early arrival at the festival, had a bird’s eye view of the midway, as she rode on Sky Quest Swings. Kahlen's dad, Scott Ruby, preferred to keep his feet on the … [Read more...]

Saluting Vietnam veterans

Dignitaries, veterans and members of the community gathered for a tribute to Vietnam-era veterans at the 2019 Swamp Fest at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park on Nov. 2. U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis was among those gathered to honor the veterans at the event, which included a video of various phases of the Vietnam War. It was presented by The Rotary Club of Land O’ Lakes and Acme On the Go mobile advertising. … [Read more...]

Veterans recognition

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Fall fun at the pumpkin patch

Seven-year-old Elizabeth Gordon, left, hugs her 3-year-old cousin, Montana Graham, in the pumpkin patch at the St. Joe Fall Festival, that was held earlier this month. The event took place at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Saint Joseph, 32145 St. Joe Road in Dade City. The girls are both from Dade City. … [Read more...]

Getting pumpkins ready for Halloween

Dressed up as a flower skeleton, 9-year-old Alina Zhussupova, of Lutz, admires her pumpkin that she decorated as an angel. She was taking part in the Pumpkin Fest on Oct. 26 at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway. Alina said that she will be dressed as Wednesday Addams when she goes trick-or-treating on Halloween night. … [Read more...]

One-man band delights a young audience

Brad Myers, of Clearwater, also known as Mr. Brad, delighted a preschool-age audience during his recent performance at the Lutz Branch Library, 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road. Myers is known as the one-man band for kids. His half-hour performance was filled with his renditions of many classic children’s songs, such as ‘The Wheels on the Bus,’ ‘You Are My Sunshine,’ and ‘The Ants Go Marching.’ The … [Read more...]

Rattlesnake Festival continues crowd-pleasing ways

Thousands headed to the Pasco County Fairgrounds over the weekend to take part in the 53rd annual Rattlesnake Festival. This year’s event began with a special Bellamy Brothers Concert, on the evening of Oct. 18, followed by two days of activities over the weekend. As always, The Eddie Herrmann Wooden Gopher Tortoise Race drew lots of competitors. The races were held on both weekend festival days, … [Read more...]

Annual fall festival offers something for everyone

An estimated 3,000 people gathered on the grounds of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 32145 St. Joe Road in Dade City, for the fourth annual St. Joe Fall Festival. The fun family event, on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featured numerous bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, an obstacle course, live music, face painting and a pumpkin patch. Dozens of local vendors were lined up, selling … [Read more...]

‘Copycats’ inspire little imaginations

The Land O’Lakes Branch Library launched a new monthly program that aims to encourage kids to use their imaginations to create their own art, based on book illustrations. The Copycat Illustrators program is the brainchild of Karen Allen, the library’s youth services librarian, and is geared toward kindergarteners through fifth-graders. The group will meet each month on early school release days, … [Read more...]

Massive remodeling will give library new look

Empty shelves are all that remain inside the New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, as the facility prepares for a highly anticipated remodel. The facility is getting a major renovation, which will include changes to both the interior and exterior, as well as new  technology, meeting rooms, lighting, furnishings, and outdoor spaces. While the project is being done, library … [Read more...]